How to apply

Deadlines for your diary

Training contracts

Training contract applications are open for finalists and graduates:
1 October 2018 – 13 January 2019

Training contract applications are open for penultimate year law students:
1 June 2019 – 14 July 2019

Penultimate year students should apply after receiving second year grades.

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Vacation schemes

Winter vacation scheme
1 October 2018 – 31 October 2018

Spring vacation scheme
1 October 2018 – 13 January 2019

Summer vacation scheme
1 October 2018 – 31 January 2019

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First steps and open days

First step scheme applications are open:
1 October 2018 – 31 January 2019

Open day applications are open:
1 October 2018 – 29 March 2019

First step   Open days

Campus Ambassadors

2019/20 campus ambassador applications are open:
1 October 2018 – 31 March 2019

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What are we looking for?

Whichever programme you apply for, here are the characteristics we’ll be looking for – whether you’re law or non-law, first-year or graduate.

Eye icon COMMERCIAL AWARENESS
You’re interested in the world around you; especially international business. You think about how today’s headlines will affect companies around the world – and maybe you’ve also got a bit of business experience, whether it’s a university society committee or a part-time customer service job.
Globe icon GLOBAL OUTLOOK
What do we mean by that? First, an interest in global affairs, because you’ll work with international colleagues daily. Second, a flexibility about where you work and live, because you’ll likely spend time abroad – whether it’s a drop-of-the-hat trip or a six-month secondment – and you should be sure you’re ready for that.
Connectivity icon OPEN MINDEDNESS
The nature of our seats and practice areas mean you’ll get involved in a lot of different work here, so you need to be ready to open your mind on where your career goes. It’s alright if you’ve got an interest in a particular field or secondment destination, but you shouldn’t be so wedded to it that you can’t consider anything else.
Magnifying glass icon CURIOSITY
A successful career here isn’t solely about working hard on what you’re given. It’s about taking initiative to ask questions, seek new opportunities, meet new people within the firm. You’re not the kind of person to just put your head down and hide at your desk: you want to know more about the wider firm’s work, and how you can be part of it.
Lightening bolt icon STRENGTH BEYOND ACADEMIA
An impressive academic record is valuable, but the best lawyers are more than just smart on paper. You need to be able to take the facts and the principles you’ve learned and apply them to real life to help our clients. That takes creative spark, agility and initiative – not to mention strong interpersonal skills as you get to know our clients and what they need.
Binoculars icon LONG-TERM MOTIVATION
There are so many milestones you’ll hit with us – but only if you’re committed for the long haul. You might not know exactly what field you want to go into yet, but you’ve got a long-term focus on a career in law. You want to establish lasting client relationships and build a network here amongst our colleagues. In short, you’re looking forward to where your career might take you with us.

An accessible application process

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS
We want our applications to be open to everyone, so if you have a condition that might mean you need help with your application – even if you’re not sure what adjustments you might need – all you need to do is get in touch with us. You can do that by either by email or phone.

graduate.recruitment @nortonrosefulbright.com
020 7444 2113

DISABILITY CONFIDENT
We take a positive approach to employing disabled people and are an accredited Disability Confident Employer, so please don’t worry about disclosing anything you need to – it won’t affect your application in any way. 

GUARANTEED INTERVIEW SCHEME
We operate the Guaranteed Interview Scheme if you have a disability and you meet our minimum criteria. Moreover, when we consider your application, we don’t just rely on your academic records: we’ll also look at your competencies, achievements and skills. 

Tips from our team

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I would say only apply if you know you really want it. It’s hard work and you make sacrifices – but if you choose the right people and the right firm, it’s an exciting and challenging career. You’ve just got to really commit to it.”

DAN METCALFE - 
GRADUATE RECRUITMENT PARTNER

 

 

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